Rail transport in Malawi

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Malawi Railways is the national rail network in Malawi, run by a government corporation until privatisation in 1999. As of 1 December 1999 the Central East African Railways, a consortium led by Railroad Development Corporation, won the right to operate the network.

The rail network totalled 797 kilometres in 2001. It is a narrow gauge line with a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge track.

Railway links with adjacent countries[edit]

There is no direct link with neighbouring Tanzania as there is a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)/1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) break of gauge.

A rail link to Chipata in Zambia was completed in 1984,[1] but a connection onward into Zambia was only opened in 2010. This line remains idle because there are few facilities at Chipata.[2]

The Nacala Corridor line to Mozambique via Nayuchi to the port of Nacala, and Nsanje to the Dona Ana Bridge and Beira, has not been operational since the war in Mozambique and is in need of reconstruction.

In April 2011, the Malawi government and the Brazilian mining company Vale signed an agreement to construct a 100 kilometres (62 mi) short cut railway line from coal mines in Moatize to Blantyre, where it would connect with tracks to the port of Nacala.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Railway Gazette: News in Brief". Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  2. ^ "ZAMBIA’S IDLE CHIPATA LINE". Railways Africa. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Malawi ore corridor agreement". Railway Gazette International. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Robinson, Neil (2009). World Rail Atlas and Historical Summary. Volume 7: North, East and Central Africa. Barnsley, UK: World Rail Atlas Ltd. ISBN 978-954-92184-3-5. 

External links[edit]

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